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Is It Time to See a St. Louis Fertility Doctor?
There are over 120,000 people struggling with infertility in Missouri. If you have been unable to get pregnant after a year of trying to conceive and are under the age of 35, or six months if you are over the age of 35, it is time to consider switching from your OB/GYN to a fertility specialist.
In St. Louis, there are approximately 10 fertility doctors associated with the four fertility clinics.
What Is a Fertility Doctor?
A fertility doctor must go through additional, specialized training to be considered a reproductive endocrinologist, the official name for a doctor who specializes in infertility. After completing an OB/GYN residency, a fertility doctor will complete an additional two-to-three year fellowship, in which he or she gains experience with reproductive disorders, including infertility, menstrual difficulties, sexual problems, hormonal disorders, and miscarriage.
Before your fertility doctor becomes a board certified reproductive endocrinologist, he or she must also pass an oral and written examination.
Finding a Doctor
FertilityAuthority.com maintains an extensive database of all reproductive endocrinologists in the St. Louis area. Simply type in your zip code in the “Find a Doctor” or “Find a Clinic” search at the top of every page on the website. And if you make an appointment, tell the doctor we sent you.
Visiting each clinic you are considering is a good way to gauge the feel of the clinic and the staff. Try to schedule an interview with a fertility doctor on staff. Before you go, gather your medical history, and prepare a list of questions that are important to you. This will allow the fertility doctor to have all of your medical information in front of him, so he can talk more specifically about potential procedures or treatments.
This consultation is an important step. You should be able to get a better feel of the doctor's personality, treatment philosophy and areas of specialization.